Mary Jane: a novel

Cori’s Pick:  Mary Jane: a novel by Jessica Anya Blau Today I offer the third installment of summer Beach Read Season 2021!  I’m switching it up a bit with this recommendation in that it’s not a romance, but a coming-of-age story that I completely fell in love with.  It transported me to a decade that…

Life’s Too Short

Cori’s Pick: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez Welcome to the second installment of Beach Read Season 2021!  Are you sweating?  Yeah, me too, but I’m just happy to be here.  The good news is there are so many great books out right now to distract us from the cruel Florida heat.  Life’s Too Short…

People We Meet on Vacation

Cori’s Pick: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I took a look at this week’s forecast and noticed the temperatures would be above 90 every day.  (tell me you live in Florida without telling me you live in Florida) and so with that, I believe BEACH READ SEASON has officially begun!   Also, we…

Between Two Kingdoms

Cori’s Pick:  Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad Fresh out of college, 22 year old Suleika Jaouad has just moved to Paris, is pursuing her dream job and has fallen in love.  But what literally started as an itch on her legs quickly escalates and throws her life into…

The Bad Muslim Discount

Cori’s Pick:  The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed Masood The title is what initially caught my attention of this debut by Syed Masood, paired with the fact that the cover is gorgeous – yes, the librarian will indeed judge a book by its cover – no apologies.  Per usual with books (and people) the contents…

Black Buck

Cori’s Pick:  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck is why I love debut fiction.  It is brimming with energy and grit, and a very strong point of view.  Askaripour has an important message to deliver and this hilarious satire gets the job done. The book centers around twenty-two year old Darren who…

Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…

Writing My Wrongs

Cori’s Pick: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor In a recent internet rabbit hole moment, I ended up on the MIT Idea Lab site in their Director’s Fellows listing. (I truly don’t remember where this internet endeavor started, where it was going, OR how many clicks I must have made to end up there, hundreds?)…

Sitting Pretty

Cori’s Pick: Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig Perception is an interesting thing.  A coworker once told me, ‘…their perception is their reality.’  It’s amazing how long this simple insight has stuck with me.  Although we are all here on Earth living our lives together, we simultaneously live in our own realities, which differ greatly; and…